Sunday, November 30, 2014

Best Glue Ever!

I have been searching for years, literally years, for a great glue for paper. One that won’t wrinkle the papers, one that sticks well and long, one that is easy to apply…you know what I mean, the PERFECT glue aka THE MOST AWESOME GLUE EVER.

I’ve tried Mod Podge (always wrinkles the paper, especially magazine cuttings), every glue stick imaginable and some are good (Coccoina, Uhu, even Scotch brand) but none were perfect for me. I like the ease and portability of adhesive runners like Tombow and the like but still not exactly what I’ve been looking for, either. There is always the ever popular Gel Medium but it can cause a wrinkle here and there, depending on the brand and how much of it you apply so you have to be careful.

I am never that careful when creating. Forget that!

But, after all that searching…

By gosh, I think I’ve found it! Well, I’ve made it…and you can, too.

For the longest time I heard rumors around the internet art journaling and mixed media circles I frequent that YES! Paste was a fantastic glue for paper. Problem was, for me, the price! $10.99 + tax for the pint size. I might as well be buying Golden’s gel medium at that price. And who knows if I’d even like it.

Anyway, I was in Michael’s one day a while back and I came across two of the pint size tubs of YES! Paste…on clearance…for a mere $2.99 each! Uh, heck YES!! (Pun intended. lol) But when I got home and opened one up, I was so disappointed. Although the containers were still sealed, the paste was pretty hard and kind of dry-ish. Ugh. Not what I expected…at all.

I tried brushing some onto a piece of paper…I could get it on there but it wasn’t a pleasant experience. I had to scrape and basically force it on the page, which tore as I was struggling to get the paste to adhere.

Not good.

Skip forward a couple of months…a light bulb went on over my head…what if I mixed the YES! Paste with some gel medium to thin it down a bit and make it more spreadable? Well, after plenty of trial and error, I came up with the most awesome glue EVER! After looking around the internet, I’ve found that I’m not the first person to come up with this MOST AWESOME GLUE EVER, either.

IMG_0014Here’s my formula:

  • 2 parts YES! Paste blended completely with
  • 1 part acrylic glazing medium (Can you tell that mine is well used and loved? lol)

Simple as that. Seriously. One warning though, it takes a good bit of mixing to get the two ingredients to fully blend…and you need them to blend to a smooth, creamy consistency. You’ll think that there is no way all those lumps will ever come out but, trust me, keep mixing. Eventually you will have a beautiful, smooth, and creamy glue that doesn’t even buckle tissue paper but sticks your papers forever!

IMG_0013Be sure to store your new mixture of THE MOST AWESOME GLUE EVER in an airtight container so it stays nice and creamy.

I keep mine in a small canning jar on my work desk so it’s always handy. **HINT: I also made sure to coat the mouth of the jar and the threads with a little Vaseline so the lid doesn’t stick.

If you make yourself some, let me know what you think. I bet you’ll fall totally and completely in love.

Back Tomorrow with our first day of #CarveDecember!

Peace & Love


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Stamp Carving Challenge #carvedecember

I absolutely love using rubber stamps in my art journal…whether it’s ones I’ve bought, ones I’ve carved, or even my “cheater” stamps that I make with sticky-back fun foam and stick to scrap foam core. Believe me, I am no great stamp carver in the least but you don’t have to be good to have fun with it. I even have entire drawers of stamps I’ve carved over the past 7 or so years…

IMG_0012See…nothing complex but fun to do and great to have, too. Not to mention the fact that I have completely original stamps…ones that no one else on earth has cause I made ‘em.

I came across a stamp carving challenge for the month of December (cause, lets face it, none of us have a thing to do during December, right? HA!) started/led by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, one of my alltime artsy idols. All you have to do is to carve one stamp a day for all 31 days of December. That’s it. No joining anything, no pressure, just do it.

Now if you want to share what you carve (or the art you make with it) on any social media (twitter, instagram, facebook, etc.), just make sure to include the hashtag #carvedecember so everyone can check out your mad carving skills.

I am so in. I even have started working on some ideas for stamps that I want to carve. Honestly, it will be nice to have a good artsy rhythm to keep my December from becoming overwhelming.

I even plan on posting my stamps daily…here on the blog (SHOCKER, right?) and on Instagram (barbmccormacksmith) and on Twitter (@barbjsmith).

How about you…gonna join us? If you are, please leave a comment with your Instagram and/or Twitter names so I can be sure to follow you.

Check out Julie’s blog post HERE for more info.

I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday (for my US friends) and you’re each doing well. It was a good one for us but also a bit sad, too. My youngest daughter spent the holiday with her husband’s family and, because of my hubby and oldest daughter’s work schedules, we were unable to go to Arkansas to be with my brothers and sisters. So it was just the 4 of us: me, hubby, oldest daughter, and the grandboy.

I grew up in such a big family (4 bothers, 3 sisters) that holidays were always BIG and loud and full…I miss that. I miss it a whole lot. But, I am grateful for all of the goodness and good people in my life…every single day.

But still, it was good. How can anytime you have a smoked turkey breast with homemade cornbread dressing and cranberry sauce not be good, right?

Speaking of which, I hear some leftovers calling my name…

Back soon!

Much Peace & Love,

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